Taupo : the volcano

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Wilson, C.J.N.; Houghton, B.F. 2004 Taupo : the volcano. Lower Hutt: Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences Limited. Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences information series 61 1 folded brochure

Abstract: The vast and scenic Lake Taupo is not always recognised as a volcano. The lake that attracts thousands of tourists every year to swim, fish and boat is the crater lake of a huge volcano that has produced two of the world’s most violent eruptions in geologically recent times. Taupo volcano is in the Taupo Volcanic Zone, a belt of active volcanoes that extends from near Ruapehu in the centre of the North Island, to White Island in the Bay of Plenty and beyond, towards the Kermadec Islands. New Zealand’s volcanoes, along with most of the 600 active volcanoes in the world, are in a belt encircling the Pacific Ocean, known as the Pacific Ring of Fire. This ring follows the outline of the Pacific tectonic plate. The Taupo Volcanic Zone is host to two very different types of volcano : cones and calderas. (auth/DG)

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